Throughout COP26, our own Peter Willis will be talking to thought leaders about climate resilience in this daily video-podcast, hosted by the COP Resilience Hub.
In the second episode, Peter talks to Sheela Patel, Founder & Director, Society for Promotion of Area Resource Centres and associate of Slum Dwellers International.
Sheela describes the incongruous history of urban growth and development in the global south, pointing out the impossibility of aligning the consumption-driven ‘modernity model’ and the more protective ‘sustainability model’. Within the COP negotiations, she believes cities are still too marginal, despite their being the major point of engagement between people and resources. She finds extraordinary capacity for resilience amongst the slum communities, even in the absence of basic necessities. Now is the time for forming a chain of solidarity. This is a global venture that needs to be done locally.